A call has been made by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, for more local private companies to sponsor national motorsport efforts, Bernama reports. The call was made due to the high costs involved in managing national-level motorsports.

“I am asking for more private sector companies to come forward as the cost of motorsports is very high,” Khairy urged. “I believe the return is very high as well,” the minister added. According to him, the ministry has worked with the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) to coordinate motorsports development since last year with funding of RM2 million.

“On behalf of the ministry, we will focus on talent development programmes but when they reach a certain level in MotoGP, we hope there will be assistance from the private sector,” the minister urged.